Distress is defined as having great pain, anxiety, sorrow, affliction,
or trouble. People who are in distress often have great difficulty
looking at the issues in their lives. They either bounce around all
over the place or they bury themselves in some addiction.
The reality is that all of us will sooner or later face some distress
in our lives. However, distress is not the ultimate issue.
The major issue is, "What will we do with the distress?" David wrote
Psalm 107 to deal with distresses. It is interesting that David wrote five
stanzas to this psalm. Five is the symbolic number for God's grace.
Grace is the ability to receive the Goodness of God which we don't deserve.
David addressed five types of people: those who have rejected
the promises of God, the rebellious, the fools who have been carried away
by their iniquities, those who depend upon their position or riches, and
those who have become victims, the poor.
David began each of the five stanzas to Psalm 107 with either
thanksgiving or praise. This is the first step in overcoming distress.
David also declared that God is the sovereign ruler in each case. This
is a good second step. Finally, he stated that when the people seriously
cry out to God for help, God will deliver them from their distresses.
It doesn't matter so much as to why you are in distress, if you
humbly cry out to God, He will deliver from your distresses.